On May 20th, the kilogram will no longer be defined by a lump in France

On May 20th, World Metrology Day, the scientific community will officially change the definition of the kilogram. For 130 years, the kilo has been defined by a physical cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy, known as Le Grand K and stored in a vault out...

France launches government chat app after fixing last-minute flaw

France made good on its promise to launch a secure government-only chat app -- although it almost didn't turn out that way. The country has introduced a beta version of Tchap, a messaging app that helps officials communicate with each other through...

Why Garfield phones have littered French beaches for 35 years

There's no better symbol of plastic ocean pollution and '80s consumerism gone wild than the Garfield phones of Brittany. The handsets, in the form of the aggressively unfunny cat, have been washing up on French beaches for decades. However, the novel...

This robot will park your car for you as you rush to the airport

We may not be near having artificial intelligence drive our cars, but we’re living in an age where robots and AI will park our cars for us. An airport in Lyon, France is debuting a robot designed by Stanley Robotics, which will latch onto your car and park it for you as you rush to board your flight. Given that parking your car on a tight schedule can often result in a loss of precious minutes, the Lyon Airport is relying on an army of car-parking bots that gently carry your car to the nearest vacant spot. The parking system is entirely powered by A.I. and requires no human assistance. It also means you save precious minutes instead of circling the parking lot looking for an empty space.

Parking your car at the airport is relatively simple. Drive right into the parking bay and input your flight (and return) details into the kiosk beside the parking bay. That’s pretty much all there is to it! The robot picks your car up by the wheels and parks it for you as you rush to board your flight. It also knows when you’ll be back, so once you land, the bot brings your car back to the parking bay, for you to pick up. Neat, isn’t it?! And what’s better is that Stanley Robotics’ system can even account for delayed or preponed flights, adjusting the time accurately to make sure your car is waiting for you just when you need it!

Designer: Stanley Robotics

Présentation du robot-voiturier à l’aéroport de Lyon Saint Exupéry par la compagnie Stanley Robotics. Robot-voiturier + capteurs

Robot valets are parking cars at an airport in France

After a few years of testing its robot valets, Stanley Robotics will officially put its fleet to use at France's Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport this week. If you plan to park in the robot-lot anytime soon, you'll leave your car in a special garage...

Why can’t all set-top boxes be as stylish as the Freebox Delta?

It might seem strange to do a deep-dive of an internet and TV set-top box, let alone one that you can't have in the United States. But the Freebox Delta from French carrier Free, equipped with Devialet speakers, is so strange, stylish and interesting...